It might be time for an #icecreamrun

by Erin L. on August 30, 2014

Someone asked me once if I could give up sugar.  I’ve thought about it long and hard, but there’s one thing that stands in the way (well besides coffee – I take mine with a side of flavored creamer) – ICE CREAM.

I just love it – all of it.

My favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip. But really if you hand me a cup or a cone of anything I’m going to eat it.

As I child I have fond memories of getting ice cream. We’d go to a local shop as a family and I’d always get the chocolate chip chunk. I remember the ice cream truck patrolling our neighborhood. We’d all run screaming inside begging for a quarter (yes a quarter!) so we could get something amazing and awesome.

The ice cream truck comes down our street sometimes now, but for some reason it’s always right around dinner time. Even my son has started to notice. “Mom, don’t they know it’s dinner time? No one is going to buy it now; it’ll melt.”

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Do you think it’s time to treat yourself? Go to your local Walgreens and grab what you are craving. Walgreens offers Unilever ice cream brands (Magnum, Breyers, Klondike, Frutare, and Popsicle). There are many hot nights left in the summer. So don’t worry about making a grocery store run or waiting around for the ice cream truck. Save yourselves from the humidity and make your family happy.

Dont Wait for the Truck

 

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Why is it so hard to ignore our children?

by Erin L. on August 27, 2014

Just IGNORE them - parenting tips and tricks

“I don’t want to leave,” she yells from the back seat. “I want to go to ChickFila.”

I calmly tell her that maybe we can get ChickFila on Friday, but not today.

“I WANT IT TODAY!!”

Her voice grows louder and louder, in turn causing my calmness to fly right out the window.

“Well with an attitude like that, we aren’t even going to get it on Friday.”

She starts to kick the back of the seat and I swiftly reach out around and swat at her legs. “NO MA’AM. When we get home, you will not get lunch. You will go straight to your room.”

Then the crying starts. I set my jaw, turn up the radio and continue on our way.

Over and over and over  I hear “but I don’t want to go to my room.” I say nothing. She said it so many times her brother begged her to stop. Still I say nothing.

What seemed like ten minutes but was probably only 180 seconds passed and she kept going.

I say nothing.

Finally there was silence. Then a little voice utters “Mommy, I stopped crying. May I please have lunch before I go to my room?”

Only then did I acknowledge her and the horrible moment was over.

I took a deep breath and congratulated myself. I had successfully ignored her until the bad behavior stopped.

Why is that so incredibly hard to do?

More often than not when my children are having a fit, I end up equally as upset. I’m fuming at this pint sized beast and acting exactly how I’m asking them not to act.

Superb parenting skills I tell you.

But when I can remember to breathe and ignore the little turkeys, 9 times out of 10 the episode ends in a much quicker manner. Isn’t that what we all want? For the whining, crying and tantrums to stop?

Children crave our attention. They need it and most of the time we give it to them. But sometimes…sometimes, we need to withhold it so they can realize their actions aren’t appropriate.

When they demand things from me, I ask them to try again. I don’t require them to say please all the time, but they must ask respectfully. If they can’t, I then ignore them until they figure it out.

When I remember to do it, it totally works.

Ignoring them allows me to stay unemotional. It’s the hardest thing for me to do as a parent. I’m a naturally emotional person. We bought the book 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children and it made total sense to me. When you get emotional, the child feels like they’ve won. Here is this itty bitty person and they can make this big, grown adult get angry, excited and yell and scream.

But if I stay calm, speak in a normal voice and then go about my business without focusing on them, it’s so much better…for all parties involved.

I need to continue to work on it. Every day is a challenge as my daughter can push my buttons like no one I’ve ever known. But I can do it. I know I can.

 

Do you ignore your kids? What are your discipline tricks? Please share in the comments. Some days I need all the help I can get.

 

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Tomorrow it all changes

August 25, 2014
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I can’t believe kindergarten starts tomorrow. It seems like just yesterday we were starting preschool. It seems like just yesterday that he looked like this. I find myself nervous. I don’t exactly know why. I know in my heart of hearts that he’ll be fine. He’s excited and ready to learn, that’s for sure! But kindergarten starts a new phase of life. We can’t turn back from here. Gone is my baby and in his place is a sweet boy with the whole world at his fingertips. I hope he [...]

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Everyone deserves to be King for a day

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Discover NC: Mt. Airy

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My house no longer has diapers and my littlest one no longer requires naps. This means that vacations can be much more pleasant. It means that we can take a day trip or a weekend excursion without hauling an extra bag or two of stuff. I, for one, am ready. First on my agenda is exploring my state. I’ve lived here for 25 years and there are so many places I haven’t seen. Some of them just a stone’s throw away from Raleigh. Like Mt. Airy. Mt. Airy is a [...]

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New beauty option – L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

August 15, 2014
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If you’re like me, you are constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest in make-up and beauty products. The older I get, the more my skin changes. I buy a foundation, fall in love with it and a few months later, it doesn’t perform the way it did in the beginning. It’s incredibly frustrating, but it’s a battle I know I’m not the only one to face. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. I’m currently a MAC foundation girl, but since it’s summer I’ve been foregoing the [...]

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